John Eldredge is a really cool guy. I went with my small group to an event tonight at a church in bothel, WA where John was speaking. My fried Ralph hooked us up with tickets for this event. John has a new book out now called, Walking with God, and it’s about praying and especially listening to hear God. He opened up with about a 60 minute presentation about prayer and listenting to what God has to say. Here are a couple things I took from that part of the talk.
The way we hear from God… 1. Be Quiet 2. Ask God a Question. 3. Surrender (or listen)
He expanded on when you ask the question and if you don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere….ask another. Maybe you need to ask God, “what do you have for me today”? Great stuff. John’s a stud. One thing he said about his son really tagged me. He mentioned that last summer he has some issues with his son and was asking God about next steps & what to do and God said, “you’re engaging with him based on teh pain he’s caused you”. Wow dude….that hit me right between the eyes (I have a 14 year old Son…see 2 posts down). John went on to share that God said, “Offer not what he deserves but what he needs”. Dude…that is so good. I would add to that (if John would allow) that instead of disengaging based on the pain he’s caused….(and we would all like to do that) to engage my son with love. instead of backing away….dive in at make sure he know’s I’m not leaving….wow, good stuff.
Then we went to a Q & A. My favorite part of the night. One gal from our group asked a great queston about hearing from God…but then not hearing again for 20 years. John really related to that and challenged her to engage that question with our small group. Another guy mentioned a cool statement that I hadn’t heard before: (when seeking Gods will) “Stay until God tells you to go…Go until God tells you to stay”. This statement can be taken too literal…don’t be too literal. For the guy who asked about why he feels that he needs to run until God tells him to stop….after some discussion…John said, “you need to mature in your relationship where He doesn’t have to dismantle us to get our attention”. Wow, that was good! John also quoted Oswald Chambers…”If you ever want to be sure of what you hear…test the fruit of it”…(it was something like that…good stuff). Probably the most impacting moment was a gal who had an emaotional story with abuse from a father and said that Johns book got her through a really tough time. She wanted to say thanks to John. John handled that with Wisdom, grace, & maturity of a father. Great job John. More about John Eldredge…go to www.walkingwithgod.net. By the way, if you go to that website, you can read a blog entry by John answering a question about what Jesus would think about smoking Pot.
Final thought on Eldredge. Interesting that in a week where the Pope is in DC and visiting all around that area meeting with thousands who hang on his everyword…and the Dali Lama is in Seattle speaking to thousands who are hanging on every word….. There we were….a bunch of Christians (about 900) hanging on every word of John Eldredge. Now….I’m sure john would be both honored and freaked out to be mentioned in that group of people. All three men spoke on God. Likely…they all believe in God and feel that God loves us. I’m sure religion was wrapped in each of the talks at some level. Here is the difference….John was encouraging us to talk with God….listen to God….and move forward in our relationship with Jesus Christ (not our relationship with John Eldredge). Given the choice of all three speakers….I choose Eldredge.
Brian & Roxi surprised us and showd up tonight. That was cool.